Same Wood Floors for the Entire House?

jeriJune 8, 2009

Hi Everyone :-)

DH and I are in the process of buying a 3300 sq ft fixer upper! Yikes! My husband calls it an "Adventure". This will be all DIY since we have more skills and time than we do discretionary funds. IÂll be hanging around a lot and asking questions from time-to-time if you all donÂt mind too much.

Are there favorite publications and/or web sites I should subscribe to???

My first decorating question is about flooring. Everything needs to be replaced  not all right away  but at least one bedroom does. We like wood floors. Should we plan on doing the entire house in the same wood flooring? Is this an elegant thing to do? My gut says that it is, but I really have no experience and zero confidence. DH doesnÂt think we should do wood in the laundry room or the bathrooms. He probably has a point there.


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I have hardwoods in the same stain in 90% of my house. I do have tile in most baths (not the powder room), the mudroom and laundry room. It works out really well for us. Have fun with your project - can't wait to hear more about it (and i love to see pics). For maagazines - I usually browse through stacks and stacks when I'm at Barnes & Noble. They get really expensive to buy them all - and you just never know where you'll see a cute idea. Online there are lots of great sources of ideas too -, better homes and gardens, some home builder sites (cottage something - I'll have to look again). Congrats on the new house!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 2:29PM
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We're still eyeball-deep in our own DIY remodel. Our plan is similar to lovestorenovate - hardwoods everywhere (same finish) except the bathrooms and possibly the foyer.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 3:44PM
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The same wood everywhere except for baths and laundry rooms is a great idea.
Some prefer carpeted bedrooms, but I'm not one of 'em!

I'd check out this site, open houses 1-2 tiers 'up-market' from yours, and all over the web for the style of your house.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 3:48PM
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We have hardwood everywhere on the first floor except the kitchen where we put cork and the foyer where we put tile. I love the look of wood everywhere. I think if you're going for an expansive open look, you need to consider the direction of the boards if you'll be starting in one room and doing the rest of the house sometime later. Plus dye lots for stain maybe slightly different if purchased at separate times.

Different wood species can look great in adjoining rooms as long as the transition between the rooms looks planned. I believe igloochic has some great examples of different species of wood in adjoining rooms. The pics are gorgeous.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 4:21PM
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I would use the same wood flooring throughout the house, with the same color stain. We even have wood flooring in our foyer powder room. We put tile in the master bath and laundry room, but the office, kitchen, living, dining and master bedroom, which are all on the first floor, have hardwood floors and the flow is lovely.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 4:23PM
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I don't have an old house, but my favorite magazine is This Old House. Not only does it have a lot of decorative pictures, it has a lot of common DIY projects and advice which really came in handy during our remodel/add-on.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 5:15PM
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Thanks for the input everyone! :-)

I will get some pictures and load them. This was originally a custom built home (unusual for this area) Â the original designer loved Octagons! YouÂll see what I mean and I hope you will help me decide whether we should embrace this quirk, or do our best to minimize it.

Back to the hard wood floors I appreciate all the input. This is a single story house, so I think the flow will be nice. I was considering Bamboo in the kids rooms. I worry that Babmoo is too casual for the whole house, but it might be fun in the kids rooms  not sure CostCo sells bamboo flooring as well as Harmonics Laminate. How do you guys feel about laminate?


Here is a link that might be useful: Harmonics Flooring

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 5:27PM
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We have quartersawn oak throughout our home, except the mudroom and the upstairs bathroom. But downstairs, we did a walnut perimeter border, to mix things up. (We also have a walnut handrail for our staircase.)


downstairs (i'd take better pics but we're still moving in and it's still being renovated so this is the only part that doesn't have tools and/or boxes covering them LOL.):

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 5:37PM
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I love hardwood floors, but for budget, installation, and maintenance reasons, we're putting laminate throughout most of the downstairs. We found a beautiful handscraped style where each plank is actually separate, not just a picture like some. We've been getting tons of compliments on the floors, and it's not even complete yet.

Laminate is very easy to DIY (I've done three rooms already almost by myself), sounds fine with a good underlayment, and holds up perfectly to pet toenails (our 50 lb dog had put a lot of "patina" on the 90 year old heart pine floors in our last house)! In our nice but older neighborhood, hardwood floors would not have been a good return on the money. But if you can afford it, it's wonderful ;-)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 6:13PM
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We have hardwood everywhere but the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. Love it!


    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 6:42PM
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I have the same solid brazilian walnut throughout the entire house except the art studio where they refinished the original hardwood to the same color, and the 2 bathrooms which have slates (2 different kinds). We LOVE the flow from space to space. LOVE it. no regrets.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 9:44PM
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